SPAM REVIEW

The Spam Omelette #54 – On Canadian Pharmacy and Christmas Discounts

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Week in Review: December 02 – 09

Spam Omelette

1. UNSUBSCRIBE links lurking to snatch
your email

Although fake unsubscribe links have been in use for quite
some time now, spammers are still abusing them, mainly to add extra legitimacy
to the so-called “newsletters” and in order to trick users into “validating”
their email accounts. Most of these unsubscribe links take the user to a
PHP-based webpage that is able to collect which users have clicked the
unsubscribe links, in order to forcefully subscribe them to other similar
offerings.

Unsubscribe spam

2. Merry
Christmas from CHASE Bank!

Ranking second in this week’s spam top, the brand CHASE has
been identified in a medium-size spam wave targeting Chase Bank users. The
message announces victims about a mandatory update of their personal
information on their e-banking account. Needless to say that users who comply
with the request will actually send their login credentials to an unauthorized
third-party and get their accounts wiped clean.

Chase spam

3. The
CUSTOMER is always right

The word CUSTOMER has been detected by BitDefender’s spam
researchers in spoofed messages allegedly coming from the Viagra official
reseller. Disguised as an informative newsletter, the message promotes a wide
range of sexual enhancements such as Viagra and Cialis, but redirects unwary
users to a clone of the Canadian Pharmacy website. At the moment, medicine spam
holds the lion’s share with about 59 percent of the unsolicited messages
globally.

customer spam

 

4. Need
PILLS? We’ve got them!

Ranking fourth in this week’s issue of the Spam Omelette the
word PILLS has been spotted in unsolicited mail also coming from Canadian
Pharmacy and advertising sexual enhancements. Ironically, the message ends with
a rhyme taken from nursery poem Goosey,
Goosey Gander
.

 

pills spam

 

5. Christmas
discounts sent via EMAIL

The word EMAIL concludes this week’s review on spam and has
been identified by the BitDefender spam researchers in unsolicited mail sent on
the behalf of Canadian Pharmacy. The message mimics a legitimate newsletter,
but has been modified to include a centered image of the current offering.

 

email spam

About the author

Bogdan BOTEZATU

Bogdan Botezatu is living his second childhood at Bitdefender as senior e-threat analyst. When he is not documenting sophisticated strains of malware or writing removal tools, he teaches extreme sports such as surfing the web without protection or rodeo with wild Trojan horses. He believes that most things in life can be beat with strong heuristics and that antimalware research is like working for a secret agency: you need to stay focused at all times, but you get all the glory when you catch the bad guys.

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